The course will cover certain topics about which psychological theory and data are adduced to affect the deliberations of courts, juries, and other fact-finding or policy-making bodies. Among these topics is the issue of the place of psychological science in the law, illustrated by considering two questions: first, whether psychologists whose expertise is in the field of eyewitness testimony should testify in eyewitness cases; and second, whether attitudes toward the death penalty affect jury decision-making in capital cases. Then we will consider the psychology of sex differences and several issues concerning occupational segregation, pay differentials, sexual harassment, Title IX, etc. Finally, we will choose from among such topics as the accuracy of memory for legally relevant events like abuse, and the relation between neuropsychology and legal concepts of free will and intent. Permission of instructor. Elliott.
Familiarization with department faculty, students, programs, and technology. Emphasis on career development within a liberal arts framework. Introduction to general university services and activities. Required of all majors. Graded S/U.